Life on Pause: Still Standing


It’s been pretty much a year since my life took a drastic turn and everything I pretty much ever knew got a total overhaul. I know I have mentioned that already before, but this month, November, will make it a year…

Sometimes, I feel like I could be just waking up again, and perhaps I was asleep or in some cloud the last few years… I was literally just going with the flow and felt my life was pretty much stuck and not going anywhere…I was put down a  lot and constantly getting yelled at or reprimanded by someone  who was supposed to have loved me- I was constantly stressed out… I think I got so used to it, that I almost became numb, and stopped feeling anything.

And lately, I’ve felt more awake… Like I am coming back or I had been asleep…I’ve began to feel more and become more comfortable at sharing my thoughts and opinions…without the fear of being argued with…

It’s an interesting feeling when you are waking up… You feel slightly different, and all of the past, seems like, lifetimes ago… My life is a little less stressed, and I am actually, a bit more happier… Although, if you would have told me a year ago – that I would be in the place I am now- I wouldn’t have believed you- I never realized that I had the strength, that is in me today…

While everything isn’t totally fixed yet, I am getting better little by little every day. I just take each day , one day at a time, and try my best to live in the moment. I am thankful for everything that I have been given so far…

I could have ended up angry, sad or depressed- but I chose to fight and stay strong…. and try to stand on my own two feet…. So far – I am still standing. I hope the next year – brings many great things.


Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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